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Reference Number 13-30803 Posted Job Title DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE School Name School of Engineering and Applied Science Org SEAS Office of the Dean Posted to the Web 01/15/2019 Posted Job/Salary Grade 026 Employment Type Exempt Hours N/A Position Type Full Time Position Schedule 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Months 12 Position Length Ongoing Position End Date University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

Penn Engineering’s world-acclaimed faculty, state-of-the-art research laboratories and highly interdisciplinary curricula offer an experience that is unparalleled. Innovation and technology drive every program and transform the fundamentals of what future engineers are learning.


Reporting to the Director of Communications at Penn Engineering, independently write and create content for news sites, including announcements of honors and awards, student stories, multimedia features and event coverage. Collaborate with external Penn Social Media Group and develop strategic social campaigns around both new and pre-existing content. Work with editorial staff on assigned stories as needed.

Develop and manage communications-related content for Penn Engineering’s main website ( and news ( and events ( sub-sites using WordPress.

Independently oversee the day-to-day management of existing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), including content discovery and adaptation for the different platforms. Throughout social media accounts, ensure that content is consistent with branding standards and style guide.
Create and grow new social media channels as the need arises.

Pitch, build and distribute the bi-weekly This Week at Penn Engineering newsletter and distribute routine special events announcements to an audience of 18,000+ recipients via MailChimp. Carefully manage associated listservs.

Provide digital media support for internal photo and video library, including responding to image requests, and light photo editing via PhotoShop.

Work collaboratively and support the Penn Engineering Communications editorial staff to maintain branding throughout the School’s communications efforts, including editing and approving the School’s departmental newsletters and other materials.


A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, Journalism, or a related field; 2 years to 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Demonstrated CMS expertise, strong multi-media writing and editing skills, and experience with photo and video editing. Strong multi-tasking and problem-solving capabilities and project management skills are required. Academic/scientific writing experience is preferred.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job. Quick Link Posting Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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    • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter
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    • Referred by a friend or family member
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Inside Higher Ed
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    • Less than high school education
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Vocational or Technical School
    • Associate's Degree or Two Year College
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree
  3. * How many years of experience do you have related to this position?
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    • 2 to 3 Years
    • 3 to 5 Years
    • 5 to 7 Years
    • 7 to 10 Years
    • Over 10 Years
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    Posted: 1/29/2019
    Application Due: 4/29/2019
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